Catch and Release
To protect the unique fishery that is within Deer Lake, the Michigan DNR has designated the lake as a catch & release site only.
- DNR Fishing Guide - check out the DNR Fishing Guide for the rules and regulations in place at the lake.
Because Deer Lake is a catch & release fishery, it is a good place to enjoy a day catching fish and enjoying nature without the pressure of having to bring home a trophy fish. With catch & release, you get to make up a really good story about the one you let get away and people believe you! You will find excellent walleye and northern pike fishing in Deer Lake.
Deer Lake is also a great place for beginners to get a feel for fishing. This lake is designated as a Family Friendly Fishing Waters location by the DNR. The lake not only has a modern boat launch, but also an outhouse for when nature really calls.
Eat Safe Fish
If you want to catch fish to keep and eat, there are lots of other lakes and rivers nearby where you can do just that.
- Eat Safe Fish in Marquette County - a good place ot start to find places where you can fish and safely eat them in Marquette County.
- Eat Safe Fish Guide - Unfortunately, the problems in the Deer Lake are aren't unique. To get the fish consumption guidelines for other lakes and rivers in Michigan, check out the regional Eat Safe Fish Guides.
- Eat Safe Fish from Areas of Concern - Although Deer Lake is no longer an Area of Concern, there are still chemicals in the fish. This fact sheet explains how this can be.
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To get free print copies of any of these flyers or brochures, please call MDHHS at 1-800-648-6942.